Malinois dog

Mechelse Herder

As a police or tracking dog, this Belgian dog is a familiar sight. Although he can listen very well, the Malinois is certainly not a dog for everyone. He is nervous, sensitive and impulsive and will do anything for his handler. The owner must know that he has a dog that needs a challenge. The Malinois shepherd has great stamina and is very attached to his own people.

Breed description Malinois dog

Breed descent: Belgium

Other pedigree names: Berger Belge Malinois, Mechelse Herder, Mechelaar, Mechelse Scheper


The coat of the Malinois Shepherd is short-haired, pale brown with black hair tips and a black mask. The undercoat is wool. The Malinois Shepherd needs little coat care. Brush occasionally, especially in the shedding period.

Physical characteristics


Powerful, without being too heavy. Long neck. The chest is not wide. Tight, strong muscles. Proud posture of the head. Straight, broad and powerful back. Slightly sloping croup.

Average weight

The average weight of the dog is between 28-35 kg.

Height at withers

Males: 60-66 cm. Bitches: 56-62 cm.

Approach to training

The dog needs a strict and clear adjustment of training. The dog is often used for police dog and guard dog. The dog learns quickly so be direct with te training and education of the dog. The dog likes to work so give the dog enough exercise.

Common symptoms

  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

Dog sports

Police, tracking dog and agility

Malinois Shepherds are suitable for owners who:

Would like to use the Malinois Shepherd for tracking work and police work, as a shepherd dog or companion dog. This dog is suitable for owners who are looking for a guard dog or are looking for a cosy companion dog.

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